I shot a good number after the Rideau Carleton Raceway Slots Cruise Nights (those pics, coming soon), but this one, this is my absolute favorite.
Also, I love that I shot ’em on High Road. yes, I took the High Road. Quit laughing at me.
Summer’s definitely back, and with it, one of my favorite things.
So, Wednesday night, I hit the weekly Rideau Carleton Raceway Slots cruise night in Ottawa. I’ll post a few more up through this week, but this is probably my favorite. I don’t know what this bike is, who owns it, what’s been done to it beyond the original, and honestly, I don’t care. The light was right, and … yeah, just love it.
May 29th, 2006, exactly six years ago, I got a call from Darsan of Parvati who said “get over here, the storm looks awesome from my balcony. At llpm. When I worked at 7am.
Of course, I went.
I shot 300+ images that night. Exactly ONE of them was worthwhile. The very first one I shot that night.
There’s two other guys online, who got this exact same shot, from slightly different angles. Sadly (for me) their shots are actually better than mine. I forgot to set my ISO down, and I got a ton of noise. I’ve tried a ton of things to get rid of it, and nothing cleans it up enough for me.
In the interim six years, I’ve never gotten another decent shot of lightning.
And it’s not like it’s a BAD shot, really.
One of my buddies from the Genesis Coupe forums installed his lowering springs, painted wheels, and wheel spacers, and asked for a photo-shoot.
How could I not?
I found us two locations (one, behind a high-school, where there’s always grafitti, which is an excellent backdrop for shooting cars, and the other, a quiet sideroad south of the city.) and we headed out.
Mine’s blue, his is white.
And, finally, my favorite shot of the day. I think this one just really works well, for the car, and the surroundings.
It’s tough to shoot the moon (heh. Makes me think of the “Dukes of Hazzard” movie) when everything you normally do is close-up and wide-angle.
Which, I think, almost makes this more interesting.
I wouldn’t normally include the hardware, but with some cropping, I think it’s interesting to see what you can actually for detail in a shot like this, with something as normal as a 50mm. If you take your time, and plan your crop ahead of time.
Also, I do love me some negative space!